Eddie Simon

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The younger brother of singer/songwriter Paul Simon, Eddie Simon chose a somewhat different route to musical expression, more or less dictated by his musical abilities, which manifested themselves very…
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The younger brother of singer/songwriter Paul Simon, Eddie Simon chose a somewhat different route to musical expression, more or less dictated by his musical abilities, which manifested themselves very early in life. By all accounts a much more natural musician than his more famous sibling, the younger Simon was proficient on guitar -- and was learning classical technique -- while Paul Simon was still trying to find an instrument to adopt as his own and settled on the guitar. A near dead-ringer for his brother both physically (he was reportedly mobbed for photos on several occasions by people mistaking him for Paul) and as a singer and musician, Eddie Simon emerged quietly before the public in a background capacity, working behind the scenes for Simon & Garfunkel on their later tours. In 1967, he was also appearently involved in the initial formation of the folk-rock group Wings, which was comprised of ex-Spanky & Our Gang member Oz Bach and latter-day Serendipity Singers alumna Pam Robins -- Simon had been replaced by Jim Mason by the time the group became fully organized and began recording, however. During 1968, he was involved with a group called the Guild Light Cage, who recorded a single of "The 14th Annual Fun And Pleasure Fair" b/w "Cloudy" -- the latter a Paul Simon song -- during their history together. In the 1970's, Simon established himself as a successful guitar teacher in New York through the Guitar Study Center, and was reportedly involved in the radio business as well; he has also turned up in various documentaries by and about Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon, as well as in various feature articles about his brother's career.